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TCI Precision Metals Introduces Lights-Out Materials

Operator loading pallet pool with MRP Blanks for lights-out operation.

TCI Precision Metals has announced support for lights-out manufacturing with close tolerance materials that are Machine-Ready for Production (MRP) Guaranteed.

"MRP Blanks are custom made to order and eliminate the need for in-house sawing, grinding, flattening, squaring operations and outside processing," said a company spokesperson. Each blank arrives deburred, clean and to the customer's net specifications as close as +/- .0005" dimensionally and as close as .002" flatness, squareness and parallelism. They come ready to go from receiving to machining.

Shops can choose from four different types of MRP Blanks to best suit their machining centers and established processes:

  • Flat Blanks are made flat to +/-.002" and designed to stay that way. Parts arrive stress-free to avoid movement, or potato chipping, during machining.
  • Block Blanks are close tolerance square, flat and parallel precision blanks that are custom made.
  • Dovetail Blanks maximize 4- and 5-axis milling throughput with custom sized material that includes a pre-machined dovetail to match the brand and model of dovetail workholding to be used.
  • Feature-Added Blanks have custom features added to save even more time-roughing, stepping, hog outs, drill, bore, turn, mill and more.

"MRP Blanks are consistent part to part and suitable for lights-on human interaction, lights-off robotic handling or anywhere in between," said Ben Belzer, President of TCI Precision Metals. "Shops are reporting increases in throughput of 25% and more using MRP Blanks. It really comes down to improving both productivity and quality, lights-on or lights-out."

MRP Blanks are produced and shipped fast. Orders can be delivered all at once or just-in-time to match customer production schedules.

For more information contact:

TCI Precision Metals

240 E. Rosecrans Ave.

Gardena, CA 90248

800-234-5613 / 310-323-5613

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